What is ASMR? Sounds of relaxation or noises of nightmares?


My husband has started watching and listening to ASMR videos before bed. Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you TMI about our love life. So, what is ASMR?

What is ASMR?

ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. It’s a tingling sensation that usually starts on the scalp and moves down the body via neck and spine. It causes deep relaxation in some people, almost a sedated state. This sensation often comes when a person listens to certain sounds like whispers, crackles, rustling leaves, nails tapping, paper tearing, brushing sounds, cards or game tiles shuffling or crinkling paper. Still with me?

There are THOUSANDS of these types of videos on YouTube. I asked my husband if he had a favorite and mentioned Tingting ASMR. This woman has over a million subscribers. Dear hubby also said when he listens to her whispering, he instantly relaxes and his eyes get heavy. When he is stressed or not feeling well, he has trouble falling asleep. But now, with ASMR, his issues have gone away.

I’m happy he has found a way to get to sleep without medication or alcohol. But here’s the truth: I HATE ASMR. I have woken up several times to hear whispering or very odd sounds in my room. Coming out of sleep to strange noises and a creepy voice saying things I couldn’t discern scared the poop out of me. And that’s the flip side of autonomous sensory meridian response. Some individuals, like me, find ASMR disturbing and scary. Instead of that warm, tingling sensation on the head and neck, I get chills and shudders.

So, we have reached a compromise. He listens to ASMR through his phone with ear buds, and I don’t have to hear it. We both sleep better as he is relaxed, and I don’t wake up thinking there is some sort of demon in our bedroom. Win, win!

Seriously, if you have issues with sleep or just want to relax and chill, give ASMR a try. You may love it!

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Erin grew up in West Texas and met her husband there in college. She and J. have been married for 24 years and have lived all over Texas and the Caribbean. She settled in Corpus about 6 years ago and loves being close to the beach once again. Erin’s son arrived when she was 39, so she’s a late-comer to the mommy party! Erin has been writing in some form for most of her professional career, including for TV news, press releases and commercials. She joined CCMB to learn more about blogging. She also contributes videos of CCMB events. Likes: Weezer, avocados, nerd humor, reading, cooking, eating and wine. Dislikes: people who drive slow in the fast lane and being late.